Catalogue of Papers Relating to Oxford Student Drama, 1896-2006

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

CMM, EGL

2015

Department of Special Collections
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Table of Contents

Introduction
A    Minutes and committee papers, 1927-2003
B    Correspondence, 1949-2004
C    Financial papers, 1951-1994
D    Production papers, 1907-2005
E    Photographs, c.1892-2005
F    Miscellaneous papers, 1896-1992


Papers Relating to Oxford Student Drama, 1896-2006

Abstract:
Minutes and committee papers, correspondence, financial papers, production papers, photographs and miscellaneous papers of various Oxford student drama groups, including the Oxford University Drama Society (O.U.D.S), the Oxford Revue, the Oxford Theatre Group.

Shelfmarks: Dep. a. 65, Dep. c. 976-988; G.A.Oxon b. 8*/1-3; MSS. Top. Oxon. b. 284-286; MS. Eng. a. 2034, MS. Digital 26
Extent: 20 shelfmarks

Organizational History

The collection comprises papers from a number of student drama groups and societies. The majority of the deposits have been made by the Oxford University Dramatic Society (OUDS), an extant student society which has produced and supported student theatre and drama on a university-wide basis since 1885. For a history of the society see OUDS: a centenary history of the Oxford University Dramatic Society, 1885-1985 by Humphrey Carpenter, Oxford University Press, 1985. The collection therefore primarily consists of papers relating to OUDS itself and productions staged or supported by the society. However, in addition to the OUDS papers, the papers of the Oxford Revue, an Oxford based theatre company specialising in comedy productions, and the Oxford Theatre Group (1985-1991), a registered limited company created by Oxford University students for the purposes of presenting and promoting theatre performances and the arts, have also been deposited with the Bodleian Library. It is also the case that, although OUDS is an umbrella organisation for many Oxford student dramatic societies, there are also many student drama groups that exist independently of O.U.D.S; therefore the Oxford Student Drama catalogue contains a selection of records from a cross-section of the many student drama groups in Oxford.

Scope and Content

Minutes and committee papers, correspondence, financial information, papers relating to productions and performances, photographs of actors and performances and miscellaneous items, mainly printed magazines.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically within each series.

Acquisition

Dep. a. 65, Dep. c. 976-88; G.A.Oxon b. 8*/1-3; MSS. Top. Oxon. b. 284-286 deposited by Oxford University Dramatic Society representatives 1991-2006. MS. Eng. a. 2034 given, 22 Apr. 1996.

Restrictions on Access

Certain administrative records are closed.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. b. 2070, fols. 1-2].

Related Material

The Library also holds material relating to Oxford student drama within the John Johnson Collection, including posters, flyers and programmes, 1892-2007.

Corporate names (NCA Rules)

Burton-Taylor Theatre
Oxford Playhouse | Oxford
Oxford Revue
Oxford Theatre Group
Oxford University
Oxford University Dramatic Society

Subjects (LCSH)

Acting
College -- theater
Comedy
Drama
Theater

A   Minutes and committee papers, 1927-2003

Shelfmarks: Dep. c. 976-979


OUDS minutes and committee papers, 1927-1986
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 976
Extent: 206 pages + 150 leaves
Restrictions on Access: Some material closed

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • Rulebook and termcards, 1927-1938.
  • Membership lists and amendments to the society constitution, 1953-1977
  • Minutes and committee papers, 1981-1986

OUDS minutes and committee papers, 1976-1981
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 977
Extent: 192 pages + 140 leaves

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • Minute book, 1976-1981.
  • Enclosures removed from minute book.

Minutes and committee papers of the Oxford Revue and the Oxford Theatre Group, 1985-1991
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 978 = Res
Extent: 96 leaves
Restrictions on Access: Restricted for 30 years from date of creation.

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • Oxford Theatre Group Memorandum of Association, 1985
  • Oxford Theatre Group minutes of board meetings (not a complete series), 1989-1991
  • Oxford Revue minutes of committee meeting, Apr 1988
  • Oxford Revue Annual Reports, 1989-1990

OUDS minutes and committee papers, 1989-2003
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 979 = Res
Extent: 295 leaves
Restrictions on Access: Restricted for 30 years from date of creation.

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • Loose minutes and papers, Jan 1989-Mar 1995, Oct 2002-Nov 2003.
  • Burton-Taylor Management Committee minutes, Oct 1990-Nov 1992.
Related Material:

See also Minute Books, 1954-1968 [MS. Top. Oxon d. 564/1-5]


Related Material:

See also Minute Books and a notebook, 1952-1957 [MSS. Eng. d. 3548-3550, MS. Eng. e. 3413] (see Oxford University Societies catalogue)


Related Material:

See also Papers of the Oxford University Dramatic Society, removed from MSS. Eng. d. 3548-3550, including minutes, a draft constitution, reports, correspondence and accounts, also programmes for the Oxford Summer Festival of the Arts, 1934-53 [MS. Eng. c. 7065, fols. 1-35] (see guard-books).


B   Correspondence, 1949-2004

Shelfmarks: Dep. c. 980


Correspondence, 1949-2004
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 980
Extent: 400 leaves
Restrictions on Access: Some material closed.

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • Correspondence of the OUDS Technical Sub-Committee, Jan. 1949-Nov 1964.
  • Correspondence including letters relating to the creation of A Short History of the OUDS by Michael Pimbury, 1953-1955.
  • Correspondence relating to the organisation of Drama Cuppers, 1959.
  • General OUDS correspondence 1960-1976, 1980, 1988-1994, 2004.
  • Correspondence relating to productions and tours of the Oxford Revue and the Oxford Theatre Group, 1988-1989, n.d.

C   Financial papers, 1951-1994

Shelfmarks: Dep. c. 981


Financial papers, 1951-1994
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 981
Extent: 99 leaves
Restrictions on Access: Some material closed.

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • Loose accounts and budgets relating to OUDS finances as well as production, advertising and tour budgets, 1951-1994.
  • Oxford Theatre Group hire charges, estimates, resolution to wind up the company, 1988-1991
  • Oxford Revue invoices, estimates and budgets, 1989-1990.

D   Production papers, 1907-2005

Shelfmarks: Dep. c. 982-985, MS. Digital 26


OUDS production papers, 1907-1982
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 982
Extent: 171 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • Photograph, review and programme of The Taming of The Shrew from a supplement to The Isis, 9 Feb 1907.
  • Cartoon of characters in the production of The Frogs, 1909.
  • General papers including tour reports, newsletters, stage plans, guides and handbooks, and production lists 1954-1982.
Separated Material:

Music to the Choruses of the Rhesus of Euripides, by Ernest Walker, 1923.



OUDS prompt book, 1962
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 983
Extent: 193 leaves

Scope and Content:

Prompt book for a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, including photographs of performances and the cast, newspaper clippings, and letters of congratulation, 1962


OUDS production papers, 1987-2005
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 984
Extent: 344 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • General papers including play synopses and production agreements, 1987-1989.
  • General papers including Cuppers schedules, press releases, and a teachers' pack relating to The Oxford Greek Plays (Mar 1993), Michaelmas Term 1991-Michaelmas Term 1993.
  • General papers including applications for funding plays, Hilary Term 1994-Hilary Term 1995.
  • Reports on rehearsals of The Lover (Apr 2005), Apr 2003-Apr 2005.
Related Material:

See also Oxford Student Theatre Handbook, 1980 [3851 e. 405], Programmes and press-cuttings 1884-1948 [G.A.Oxon b.8], Programmes 1904-1914 [G.A.Oxon c. 308], Programmes 1921-1926 [G.A.Oxon c. 312].



Oxford Revue production papers, 1988-1989
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 985
Extent: 282 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • Contracts and schedules, 1988-1989
    • Theatre contracts, 1988
    • Schedule and itinerary for tour of The Oxford Revue, 1989
  • Press releases, 1988-1989
  • Scripts, 1988-1989
    • Comedy sketch scripts, 1988
    • Playscripts, 1989
    • Script for television production Coast to Coast People, 1989
  • Technical information, including theatre and lighting plans and cues, c. 1988

Oxford Revue production papers, 2006
Shelfmark: MS. Digital 26 = Res
Extent: 8 items
Restrictions on Access: Not accessible.

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (MS. Digital 26/1) table of costume requirements and costs, 2006.
  • (MS. Digital 26/2-3) scripts for performances at the Oxford Playhouse and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2006.
  • (MS. Digital 26/4) introductory slide for a show, 2006.
  • (MS. Digital 26/5) press release c 2006.
  • (MS. Digital 26/6) programme, c 2006.

E   Photographs, c.1892-2005

Shelfmarks: G.A.Oxon b. 8*/1-3; Dep. a. 65, c. 986-7; MS. Top. Oxon. b. 284-6; MS. Eng. a. 2034


Photographs, 1892-1914
Shelfmark: G.A.Oxon b. 8*/1-3
Extent: 3 items

Scope and Content:
  • [G.A.Oxon b. 8*/1] Photographs of sets, 1892-1903.
  • [G.A.Oxon b. 8*/2] Photograph album of the play Two Gentlemen of Verona, 1893.
  • [G.A.Oxon b. 8*/3] Photographs of sets, 1904-1914.
Restrictions on Access: These albums have been catalogued as printed items and should be ordered via SOLO.

Miscellaneous photographs, 1896-1936
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 986
Extent: 54 items

Scope and Content:

Miscellaneous collection of photographs of performers and plays, many unidentified.


Miscellaneous photographs, 1902-1969, n.d.
Shelfmark: Dep. a. 65
Extent: 40 items

Scope and Content:

Miscellaneous collection of photographs of performers and plays, many unidentified.


Photograph album, 1905
Shelfmark: MS. Top. Oxon. b. 286
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content:

Photographs of the play Clouds.


Photograph album, 1907
Shelfmark: MS. Top. Oxon. b. 285
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content:

Photographs of the play The Taming Of The Shrew.


Photograph album, 1908
Shelfmark: MS. Top. Oxon. b. 284
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content:

Photograph album of the play A Midsummer Night's Dream.


Production scrapbook, 1923-1925
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. a. 2034
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content:

Photograph album of various plays, including programmes and other memorabilia.


Miscellaneous photographs, 1977-2005, n.d.
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 987
Extent: 100 items

Scope and Content:

Miscellaneous collection of photographs of performers and plays, many unidentified.

F   Miscellaneous papers, 1896-1992

Shelfmarks: Dep. c. 988


Miscellaneous OUDS papers, 1896-1992
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 988

Note

Correspondence restricted for 30 years from date of creation.

Extent: 284 leaves

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • Magazines including The Isis, Oxford University Magazine and The West End Review, 1896-1992.
  • Roll of Honour (1914-1919) of OUDS members, n.d.
  • Two copies of A Short History of the OUDS by Michael Pimbury with related drafts, proofs and correspondence, 1955.
  • Experimental Theatre Club material, 1962, 1988, n.d.
  • Pamphlets and correspondence relating to money-raising appeals for The Oxford Playhouse, 1983, 1989.
  • Miscellaneous papers, including a demobilisation telegram, 3 Oct. 1945, and a list of OUDS productions 1955-1964, n.d.
Separated Material:

See also: 33rpm vinyl record of music from the OUDS production of The Birds, written by Dudley Moore, 1959 [Mus. Discs 280]


Related Material:

See also OUDS souvenir drawings reproduced from The Isis, 1896 [G.A.Oxon 4 262 (26)].



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